Sunday, October 14, 2012

Family Fun! Play Presidential Trivia This Campaign Season

Encourage Young People to Learn More
About American Presidents
by Playing Presidential Trivia

Help the young people in your life learn more about American history and engage in this fall's campaign and election process by playing presidential trivia, starting with the questions listed below.

If you are traveling or always on the go, you can print the questions and answers before you leave or use a smartphone, tablet computer, or laptop to read them on the spot. And for even MORE trivia questions, check out "Play a Game of Presidential Trivia" in Race to the Ballot: The Our White House Presidential Campaign and Election Kit for Kids, available exclusively on the NCBLA's American History and Civic Education website

Trivia Questions

  1. Who was the only president to have served two NONCONSECUTIVE terms?
  2. Which president believed his role in the authoring of the Declaration of Independence was far more important than having served as president?
  3. Which president famously spoke to Congress regarding a world "founded upon four essential freedoms?" And what are those four freedoms?
The go-to resource for discovering more about America's presidents is the NCBLA's interdisciplinary anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, and it's coordinating educational website! An incomparable collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, poetry, and a stunning array of original art, Our White House offers a multifaceted look at America’s history through the prism of the White House.

Answers and Information for Learning MORE!
  1. Grover Cleveland. Cleveland's first administration was from 1885 to 1889, but he was defeated by Benjamin Harrison in 1888. However, Cleveland chose to run against Harrison in the next election and won. Because his economic policies were mostly unpopular, the Democratic Party did not nominate Cleveland for a third term. Learn more about Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison in the Presidential Fact Files on
  2. Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and played a major role in establishing the new country and its government. He believed that writing the Declaration was a far more important life achievement than being president. In fact, he left out his role as president when he wrote his own epitaph: “Author of the Declaration of American Independence, Author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and the Father of the University of Virginia.” Learn more about Thomas Jefferson in the Presidential Fact Files on
  3. Franklin D. Roosevelt. In an address to Congress made on January 6, 1941, Roosevelt proclaimed, "In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms." The freedoms he named are freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.  Read Roosevelt's words in "The Four Freedoms" in Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, and be sure to take a look at Barry Moser's coordinating portrait of FDR, as well as the four freedoms companion illustrations by Calef Brown, Peter Sis, Ed Young, and Stephen Alcorn.
Our White House is available
in both hardcover and paperback from Candlewick Press.
Ask for it at a library or bookstore near you!

And be sure to check out the companion educational website,, which provides expanded book content that includes additional articles, resources, activities, and discussion questions related to book topics as well exclusive resources and articles regarding the presidency, presidential campaigns, and presidential elections.